Understanding How Mortgage Calculators Work and When to Make Use of One

Investing in a home is a big financial decision, and along with the decision to buy is the question of how much mortgage you'll be able to afford. While your debt-to-income ratio can be helpful in determining the range for your mortgage amount, a mortgage calculator can be a beneficial tool in coming to a potential price. If you're curious about how and if this financial tool can benefit you, here are the details about using a mortgage calculator.

Summer’s Here! Freshen up Your Home Decor With This Summer Color Palette

Now that the summer season has arrived, it's time to enjoy the warm weather and cooler clothes. You might also be thinking about making some design changes to your home to welcome the season and indulge in its brilliance. If you're looking for some new color schemes and how you can use them to amp up your home, here a few brightly-colored suggestions to try out for yourself.

Mason McDuffie Supports OCAR

Mason Mac is a company known primarily for providing great mortgage loans to our clients and ensuring that anyone who wants to achieve the American dream of home ownership can do so with proper education, planning, and the right financing.  While that's what keeps the doors open and the lights on, another passion we have... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Earn Some Spare Cash to Help Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster

A mortgage is one of the most expensive purchases you'll make in your life, and for many the idea of being indebted to it for years can seem like quite a burden. However, while you won't necessarily be able to pay off your home with instant savings, there are ways that you can pay it down more quickly. If you're wondering how to drum up some extra money for your mortgage, you may want to consider the following options.

5 Reasons Mason Mac Should Be Your Lender

Size Matters Work with a tiny broker?  You may have to wait for the broker to get loan info from their wholesale account executive...who has to wait to get info from their underwriter (who is located somewhere in the country...we think?)...who has to get info from their underwriting manager...who has to....OK, you get the point.  Small... Continue Reading →

One-stop Shopping: A Quick and Easy Guide to Buying a Home the First Time You See It

Most people peruse the real estate market for a while before they bite down and decide to invest in a home. However, whether you're in a rush or you think you've found the ideal place, it's possible you may be ready to put in an offer on the first visit. If you're trying to determine how you can get the home you're looking for the first time around, here are a few things to be aware of when going in.

What’s Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week – June 19, 2017

Last week's economic reports included readings on inflation, core inflation, and the Federal Reserve's FOMC statement. The NAHB Housing Market Index, housing starts and building permits issued were also released, along with weekly readings on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.

NAHB Housing Market Index Slips Two Points in June

The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index for June fell by two points to 67 after a revision of May's reading. Components of the Housing Market Index were lower for June with builder confidence in current market conditions two points lower at 73; June's reading for builder confidence in market conditions for the next six months also fell two points to 76. Builder confidence in buyer traffic fell two points to 49. According to the Index, any reading over 50 indicates that more builders are confident than those who are not.

How Does the Fed Rate Affect Mortgage Rates?

Yesterday the Fed increased the target funds rate .25%.  This was the 4th time the Fed has raised rates since December 2015 when it was decided the economy was stable enough to begin increasing rates after a period of recession and a long-running Fed funds rate of .25 (effectively 0% as this is the lowest rate... Continue Reading →

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